The holiday bustle is in full swing, and it's easy to get swept up in the commotion of decorations, gift-buying, and travel. However, in the true spirit of the holiday, it's important to step back from consumerism and give from the heart to the people that need our help the most.
As parents, this task can feel a bit overwhelming considering you've already got little people to care for, but this list of 3 simple ways to give back will make it effortless and fun enough to even get the kids involved!
Toy Clean Out!
If you anticipate your kids overflowing your house with more toys and clothes than you feel like cleaning up this coming Christmas, it may be an excellent idea to PURGE before you're swamped!
Talk with your kids first about the importance of giving to those in need and how great it feels to make others smile and feel loved. Then set aside ONE hour and have your kids help you (or don't, haha) sort through things to give away or keep for a little longer.
You can also do this with your own clothes and devices!
Then take a short ride to one of the Women and Children's Centers listed below to make your life-changing donation! You never know what difference it makes to give a child a new-to-them set of pants or to help a mom out with outfits she can wear to interviews!
2353 Bolton Rd. NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
(Accepting Clothes & Household Items)
746 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA, 30318
Phone: (404) 870-9600
(Must pre-arrange drop-off with coordinator)
Canned Food Drive!
This one is super simple - whether you've got cans in your cabinet that you can do without or if you take $10 to buy a bag full of dry goods, your efforts are helping families fill their bellies, and there's no greater gift than that.
Here are a few locations that are accepting canned food donations!
– DeKalb County: 2090 North Druid Hills Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
– Cobb County: 202 Waterman St SE, Marietta, GA 30060
– Gwinnett County: 3455 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
You can also try your local grocery stores and churches!
Donate to a Community Initiative!
Suppose you're unable to donate time to a cause. In that case, you can still make an impact. Talk with your family about the importance of giving and choose a sizable donation (one that makes you sweat a little, haha) or collect funds from friends and family. Together, choose an initiative that speaks to your hearts and make that donation.
When we find programs that we connect with, it feels good to give money because you know who or what it's helping to change! To give you a headstart on this one, there are a few initiatives listed below that are making real change in the community: